Panther (OS 10.3) is here...

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Apple today announced that Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther" will be available in the UK on Friday, October 24, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Here’s what Apple says:

Panther delivers more than 150 new features including:

i) a completely new Finder that provides one-click access to a user's favourite files and folders

ii) Exposé, a new way to instantly see all open windows at once

iii) iChat AV, a complete desktop video conferencing solution for business, education and consumers.

Other new features in Panther include:

- Fast User Switching to elegantly switch between active users without having to quit applications or log out
- FileVault, which uses the latest security standards and 128-bit encryption technology to ensure that data in the home directory is kept secure and private at all times
- Font Book, a new application that provides system-level font management with double-click font preview, one-click installation and an intuitive interface for managing font collections, and activating or deactivating
- the world's fastest PDF reader in a significantly improved Preview application, with super-fast text searching that builds an instant index of search results in a PDF, text selection and copying, URL support and
support for the PDF 1.4 format
- a fully integrated iDisk that increases productivity by automatically syncing a user's offline work to their .Mac Internet server storage once they're online again, so users can work locally on files with hard drive speeds and have them synced automatically back to their iDisk later
- enhanced Mail, with advanced spam filtering technology and the ability to
organise mail into convenient threads to make it easy to read, file or delete related emails
- a new Address Book that includes powerful new features for printing labels and easily notifying contacts when a user's personal information changes
- integrated faxing synced with the Address Book so sending and receiving faxes is as easy as printing, and includes support for adding cover pages
- enhanced Windows compatibility that ensures files, printers and network services can easily be shared with Windows users. Support for Microsoft Exchange is built into Mail and Address Book to make it easy to access Exchange email and sync address book entries
- advancements to the open-standard UNIX-based foundation, including support for the latest open source libraries, commands and technologies, X11 applications, IPv6, Kerberos integration and a greatly improved NFS file system
- Xcode, the fastest way to create Mac OS X applications. Xcode combines an easy-to-use interface with proven developer tools such as GCC 3.3 to make it easy for developers to take advantage of the latest technologies from Apple
- the latest versions of iSync, iCal, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and Apple's
new default web browser, Safari.

Pricing & Availability

Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther" will be available in the U.K. on October 24 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Apple Authorised Resellers for a suggested selling price of £99 (inc VAT) for a single user license.

Visitors to The Apple Store ( can pre-order copies of Panther beginning today. The Mac OS X Panther Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will be available for a suggested selling price of £159 (Inc VAT).

Volume and maintenance pricing is available from Apple. The standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchase a new Mac system on or after October 8; all customers who purchased a Power Mac G5 regardless of purchase date that do not have Panther included; and customers who purchase the Mac OS X version 10.2 retail product on or after October 8 for a shipping and handling fee of £14 (Inc
VAT). See for full details.

[This message has been edited by LscK (edited 08 October 2003).]

[This message has been edited by bcrabtree (edited 08 October 2003).]